Today's bride is a very different creature from her predecessors. Statistics show that modern women are getting married later in life, covering all or at least some of the cost of the day themselves, have a sense of personal style and know who they are and what they enjoy. They are less influenced by their families and feel they can choose where, when and how to get married with much greater freedom than ever before. There has been a lack of information available for brides wanting to do things their way, but in this volume, two bridal consultants aim to bring brides-to-be all the advice they need. Basics such as setting budgets, choosing the dress, and finding the right location are all covered, plus the book features sections on flowers, hair and beauty, catering and much more. Hundreds of additional inspiring ideas for theming the day and making it unique are presented in handy checklists and at-a-glance guides, and also included are fun celebrity tips (including words of wisdom from top chefs, florists and designers) and a comprehensive sources section with thousands of useful contacts and websites.